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St. Virgil of Arles

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Death: 610

A native of Gascony, St. Virgil became a monk at Lérins. Legends say that he became abbot, but his name is absent from the surviving lists of abbots. He was the abbot of St-Symphonien and was a friend of Gregory the Great, who rebuked him for his attempts to force conversion upon the Jews. Virgil was named metropolitan of Arles c. 580; legends say that Gregory gave him the pallium. Bede says that Virgil consecrated Augustine of Kent archbishop at Gregory's request. Gregory named his friend apostolic vicar to the court of Childebert II (c. 570-595). When Virgil died c. 610, he was buried at the monastery of St-Savior, which he founded. Many miracles were attributed to his intercession.


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